with a daily devotion
Morning Meditations for October 10
The whole family in heaven and earth.—EPH. 3:15.
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.—Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.—That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
He is not ashamed to call them brethren.—Behold my mother and my brethren! Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.—Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father.
I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: . . . and white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.—That they without us should not be made perfect.
“Faultless before the presence of his glory.”
Revolve in your mind that wondrous word, “faultless!” We are far off from it now; but as our Lord never stops short of perfection in his work of love, we shall reach it one day. The Saviour who will keep his people to the end, will also present them at last to himself, as “a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but holy and without blemish.” All the jewels in the Saviour’s crown are of the first water and without a single flaw. All the maids of honour who attend the Lamb’s wife are pure virgins without spot or stain. But how will Jesus make us faultless? He will wash us from our sins in his own blood until we are white and fair as God’s purest angel; and we shall be clothed in his righteousness, that righteousness which makes the saint who wears it positively faultless; yea, perfect in the sight of God. We shall be unblameable and unreproveable even in his eyes. His law will not only have no charge against us, but it will be magnified in us. Moreover, the work of the Holy Spirit within us will be altogether complete. He will make us so perfectly holy, that we shall have no lingering tendency to sin. Judgment, memory, will—every power and passion shall be emancipated from the thraldom of evil. We shall be holy even as God is holy, and in his presence we shall dwell forever. Saints will not be out of place in heaven, their beauty will be as great as that of the place prepared for them. Oh the rapture of that hour when the everlasting doors shall be lifted up, and we, being made meet for the inheritance, shall dwell with the saints in light. Sin gone, Satan shut out, temptation past forever, and ourselves “faultless” before God, this will be heaven indeed! Let us be joyful now as we rehearse the song of eternal praise so soon to roll forth in full chorus from all the blood-washed host; let us copy David’s exultings before the ark as a prelude to our ecstasies before the throne.
1Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
2Desire11Or A soul without knowledge is not good,
and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
3When a man's folly brings his way to ruin,
his heart rages against the Lord.
4Wealth brings many new friends,
but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
5A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
6Many seek the favor of a generous man,22Or of a noble
and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
7All a poor man's brothers hate him;
how much more do his friends go far from him!
He pursues them with words, but does not have them.33The meaning of the Hebrew sentence is uncertain
8Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
he who keeps understanding will discover good.
9A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will perish.
10It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
12A king's wrath is like the growling of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13A foolish son is ruin to his father,
and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
14House and wealth are inherited from fathers,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
and an idle person will suffer hunger.
16Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life;
he who despises his ways will die.
17Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.
18Discipline your son, for there is hope;
do not set your heart on putting him to death.
19A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
20Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.
21Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
22What is desired in a man is steadfast love,
and a poor man is better than a liar.
23The fear of the Lord leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied;
he will not be visited by harm.
24The sluggard buries his hand in the dish
and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
26He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother
is a son who brings shame and reproach.
27Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28A worthless witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29Condemnation is ready for scoffers,
and beating for the backs of fools.
7Woe unto the world because of occasions of stumbling! for it must needs be that the occasions come; but woe to that man through whom the occasion cometh! 8And if thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. 9And if thine eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire.
Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me
1Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
2Raise a song; sound the tambourine,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
3Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day.
4For it is a statute for Israel,
a rule22Or just decree of the God of Jacob.
5He made it a decree in Joseph
when he went out over33Or against the land of Egypt.
I hear a language I had not known:
6“I relieved your44Hebrew his; also next line shoulder of the burden;
your hands were freed from the basket.
7In distress you called, and I delivered you;
I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
8Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9There shall be no strange god among you;
you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
10I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11“But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel would not submit to me.
12So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
to follow their own counsels.
13Oh, that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
14I would soon subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes.
15Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him,
and their fate would last forever.
16But he would feed you55That is, Israel; Hebrew him with the finest of the wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”